GUARDIAN ANGELS

The Feast of the Guardian Angels is  October 2nd; Novena begins 9/23:

“Angel”:  Messenger.  But, The Lord has given many other responsibilities to His Angels, and, especially to His Guardian Angels.  First of all, each person on earth has a Guardian Angel.  There seems to be a question as to just when a Guardian Angel is assigned to a person, but I believe that the innocent baby in the womb shares the same Guardian Angel with his mother until he is born.  The first duty of any Guardian Angel is to protect his charge from harm, especially from physical harm and evil. 

When the person becomes a Child of God, through Baptism, the Guardian Angel’s duties drastically increase – now he is the voice of the person’s conscience; he helps the person to remain in a state of grace, by helping the person to keep his Baptismal Promises, which either he or a surrogate – parent – made for him at Baptism,…  The Guardian Angel cannot shield his charge from all evil – if The Lord wants something to happen, it will happen, otherwise, none of us could ever become martyrs!  Also, if we do something, which is dangerous and unnecesary, trusting that our Guardian Angels will take care of us, they do not have to shield us from the painful consequences of this bad action, because we are being presumptious – we are tempting God.  Guardian Angels are all-spirit and are huge (I say, “as big as a house”), in terms of their power.  We can send our Guardian Angels to others, who need help, and they will help them, IF it be God’s Will.  Before speaking with someone, I will normally ask my Guardian Angel to help that person’s Guardian Angel out – because I do not know if the person speaks to or pays attention to his Guardian Angel, and the conversation or interaction usually goes much more smoothly than it would have, otherwise.  We can also ask our Guardian Angels to help us with anything, mentally, spiritually, emotionally, physically – they are wonderful friends and tutors in life, and their goal is to get us to Heaven – can’t get much better than that!

I try to pray the Angelus at 6:00 a.m., noon, and 6:00 p.m. – it orders my day, and I pray the prayer to St. Michael and to my Guardian Angel afterwards, after all, the first word of the Angelus is “the Angel” or “Angelus”!

“Angele Dei, qui custos es mei, me tibi commissum pietate superna hodie (vel hac nocte) illumina, custodi, rege et guberna.  Amen.”

“Angel of God, my Guardian Dear, to whom His Love commits me here.  Ever this day (or night), be at my side, to light and guard, to rule and guide.  Amen.”

O Angel of Faith, Peace, Prayer, Penance, and of Baptismal Promises, pray for me, protect me, and guide me and all Souls to Heaven.  Amen.

The above prayer references the names and responsibilities of Holy Angels, which were discussed by Ven. Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J. in his audio recordings named:  Angels and Demons, which can be found at: https://store.lifeeternal.org/category.asp?c=148 in mp3’s or in cassette tapes.  Ven. Fr. Hardon, S.J. gives the opening remarks or 1st talk in written form here:   http://www.therealpresence.org/archives/Angelology/Angelology_015.htm – he’s always interesting, because he tells The Truth, with clarity.

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